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About forms and forms path

Form refers to pages on which the printer can print. Forms can be blank paper, pre-printed paper, cards, or any other printable material, that meets the required specifications. Paper is a specific fiber-based material used for forms.

The term forms path refers to the entire route that forms travel while they are being processed. The forms path begins in the forms input area and ends in the stacker area. Figures Figure 1 and Figure 2 show the forms path and the major elements within the printer engine for an Infoprint 4000 and Infoprint 4100 simplex printer. Be aware that the path looks different if preprocessing or postprocessing devices are attached to the printer.

Figure 1. Forms path through an Infoprint 4000 printer engine
Forms path through an Infoprint 4000 printer engine
Figure 2. Forms path through an Infoprint 4100 printer engine
Forms path trhough an Infoprint 4100 printer engine
  1. Tractors
  2. Transfer station
  3. Printhead
  4. Toner
  5. Developer
  6. Power supply
  7. Forms input area
  8. Stacker area
  9. Stacker table output
  10. Pendulum
  11. Scuff rolls
  12. Backup roll
  13. Fuser
  14. Hot roll
  15. Preheat platen

For simplicity, Figures Figure 1 and Figure 2 show a generalized forms path when a printer is used for simplex printing and is using boxed fan-fold forms.